I percieve that it is falling out of fashion to make new year resolutions and this late in the first month of the new year if you have made a resolution, you might be already struggling to keep it. Losing weight, making a will, living on a budget, reading more or whatever, the motivation to make positive changes in our lives lies deep inside each one of us. We yearn to live happier, healthier lives.
Aiding us in this desire to move in a positive direction in our lives is God Himself. Yes. He wants you to live a happier, healthier life. I don’t know if you think of God in this way, but His Word is full of instructions that would lead us to those very ends. The key is getting those instructions inside of us.
My favorite passage of scripture is Psalm 1. For brevity, I will only post a portion of it, but enough that it will give anyone a dose of motivation for moving forward on your quest for a happier, healthier 2014.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Read that Psalm carefully. Just those three verses can change your life and move you forward toward your desires. Verse one, essentially tells us to get good information, avoid ungodly, sinful and negative sources of information. The old computer programmer’s saying is: “garbage in, garbage out.” Meaning of course that if we put bad information into our minds, we get bad results.
Where then do we get good information? Check out verse two. Yes, the law of the Lord, otherwise known as the Bible, is that very source of good information for living a happier, healthier life. Not far away in Psalm 19 is this gem:
Psalm 19:7 (NKJV)
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
All of this reading and meditating results in verse three of Psalm 1. What a beautiful picture. If I was a tree, being planted by a river would be my choice. What a place to grow strong and healthy. I also especially love that last line: “…and whatever he does shall prosper.” Wow. Our happier, healthier life can come from what we discover in the Bible.
As we move forward through 2014, I hope Psalm 1 might be an outline for your growing happier and healthier. If you failed to live up to your resolutions last year, partner up with the Bible to see yourself make that progress you so deeply desire.
Rev. Stephen S. Brown is Pastor at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God.